an agile, goatlike antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, of high mountains of Europe: now rare in some areas.
a soft, pliable leather from any of various skins dressed with oil, especially fish oil, originally prepared from the skin of the chamois.
a piece of this leather.
a cotton cloth finished to simulate this leather.
a medium to grayish yellow color.
to dress (a pelt) with oil in order to produce a chamois.
to rub or buff with a chamois.
noun (pl) -ois
(ˈʃæmwɑː). a sure-footed goat antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, inhabiting mountains of Europe and SW Asia, having vertical horns with backward-pointing tips
a soft suede leather formerly made from the hide of this animal, now obtained from the skins of sheep and goats
Also called chamois leather, shammy, shammy leather, chammy, chammy leather (ˈʃæmɪ). a piece of such leather or similar material used for polishing, etc
a yellow to greyish-yellow colour
(as modifier): a chamois stamp
to dress (leather or skin) like chamois
to polish with a chamois
1550s, “Alpine antelope;” 1570s, “soft leather,” originally “skin of the chamois,” from Middle French chamois “Alpine antelope” (14c.), from Late Latin camox (genitive camocis), perhaps from a pre-Latin Alpine language that also produced Italian camoscio, Spanish camuza, Old High German gamiza, German Gemse (though some of these might be from Latin camox). As a verb, “to polish with chamois,” from 1934.
only in Deut. 14:5 (Heb. zemer), an animal of the deer or gazelle species. It bears this Hebrew name from its leaping or springing. The animal intended is probably the wild sheep (Ovis tragelephus), which is still found in Sinai and in the broken ridges of Stony Arabia. The LXX. and Vulgate render the word by camelopardus, i.e., the giraffe; but this is an animal of Central Africa, and is not at all known in Syria.
a composite plant, Chamaemelium nobile (or Anthemis nobilis), native to the Old World, having strongly scented foliage and white ray flowers with yellow centers used medicinally and as a tea. any of several allied plants of the genera Matricaria and Tripleurospermum. noun a variant spelling of camomile n. obsolete form of camomile.
a mountain valley in E France, N of Mont Blanc. noun a town in SE France, in the Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc: skiing and tourist centre. Pop: 9830 (1999)
a people inhabiting the Mariana Islands. the Austronesian language of the Chamorro. indigenous people of Guam and the Marianas Islands, from Spanish Chamorro, literally “shorn, shaven, bald.” Supposedly because the men shaved their heads, but the name also has been connected to native Chamoru, said to mean “noble,” so perhaps Chamorro is a Spanish folk […]
a mineral of the chlorite group, hydrous aluminum silicate of iron, occurring in gray or black crystals in oolitic iron ore.